Dry Mouth and Ways to Fix

When your mouth fails to make the appropriate amount of saliva, dry mouth is the result. We often take our saliva for granted and fail to understand how important it is in keeping your mouth healthy. The saliva flushes food particles away from the teeth, reducing decay-causing acids, and when dry mouth occurs, your teeth are at risk. By better understanding dry mouth and what you can do about it, you’ll take the first steps in maintaining a healthy mouth. Dry Mouth Causes So now that you know a little more about what dry mouth is, you may be wondering what caused it. While each situation is different and unique, there are several reasons that you may have developed dry mouth: -Part of the natural aging process. Dry mouth can be something that happens because of...

Upgrading Your Dental Fillings

Have we recommended that you replace your dental filling, or have you noticed a problem with an existing filling? If so, it is important that you learn more about replacement and what options might be available to you. Why Might You Need to Replace a Filling? Your fillings are designed to be durable and long lasting, but some signs may indicate they require replacement. Some of the most common are outlined below: You see a crack. A cracked filling can take years to develop, but if you tend to grind or clench your teeth, it may result sooner. A crack in a filling will allow bacteria to enter the tooth, causing decay. You might be able to see a crack on your own, or a dental X-ray could spot the problem. You feel pain in the filled tooth. If your filled tooth is...

Stress is Impacting Your Oral Health

A little bit of stress in your life is a good thing, but too much stress can lead to a variety of health problems. This includes issues with your oral health. Read on to find out how your stress level might be affecting your mouth. Stress May Lead to Dry Mouth When you are stressed, you may produce less saliva in your mouth, causing the oral tissues to dry out. While you may wonder why, exactly, that is such a problem, it is important to understand just how crucial the saliva is for a healthy mouth. The saliva keeps the oral tissues lubricated and works to wash away food particles, bacteria, and acids before they have a chance to damage the teeth and gums. Dry mouth tends to present itself the same way in anyone who experiences it. Some of the most common...

Keeping Your Regular Dental Appointment

Do you have a dental appointment coming up but are considering canceling since your teeth feel fine? Has it been awhile since your last dental visit, but you simply don’t see the benefit of seeing us until you actually experience a problem? Are you afraid of what your dental visit might uncover, or do you have dental anxiety that keeps you out of our office? If any of these scenarios sound like you, we want to help, and we’ve outlined some of the important reasons that you should keep up with your regular dental visits. Identify and Treat Problems in their Earliest Stages Arguably the biggest reason that you should keep up with your regular dental appointments is so that we can identify and treat problems in their earliest stages. Even the most diligent of...

Your Oral Health this Summer

Summer vacation is on the horizon. For many people, the summer season includes swimming, picnics, and long days out on a boat, but it should never involve neglecting your oral health. There are many reasons that you may neglect your teeth and gums during summer vacation, and by identifying them, you can work harder to make your oral health a priority this summer. Forgetting to Brush Your Teeth For many people, especially children and young adults, summer vacation leads to a change in schedule. Throughout the rest of the year, it may be easy to remember to brush and floss since you follow the same morning and evening routines to prepare for school or work. During the summer, sleeping in late may disrupt this routine, but it is important that you don’t forget to...

Dangerous Root Canal Myths That Could Harm Your Health

If you have heard any of the common root canal myths going around, you may be prone to believe them. In which case, if you hear that you need one, you may shy away from it or worry needlessly about it. When you know the facts, it can make the process much easier and less worrisome. Here are some of the most common myths, and the truth behind them. That way, should you ever need one, you know what to expect. Myth 1 – A Root Canal is Going to Hurt Like Crazy! Nope, this one is not really true. You may be sore, yes, but the pain that most associate with a root canal comes from before the procedure. You typically need a root canal because of an infection somewhere in the tooth. The infection causes pain. The root canal does not hurt. It is done under anesthesia, and...